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Our weekly look at what’s weird in theaters, on hot-off-the-presses DVDs and Blu-rays (and hot off the server VODs), and on more distant horizons…
Trailers of new release movies are generally available at the official site links.
FILM FESTIVALS –The Sur-REEL & Uncanny Film Festival (London, UK, Saturday, Aug. 6):
This first-year festival has a mission statement we can get behind, seeking “international filmmakers whose work is inspired by the unconscious in any way… surreal, ‘uncanny’, dreamlike or experimental films are encouraged. Directors inspired by the works of Stanley Kubrick, Luis Buñuel or for example, or even the theories of Sigmund Freud.” Only one feature on the slate, but a full day of surreal shorts. Hopefully this festival will grow in significance over the years.,
NEW ON HOME VIDEO:
Apples (2020): A man enters a program to build new memories after a pandemic causes amnesia. A debut feature from Greek director Christos Nikou that reportedly contains surreal imagery. On DVD, Blu-ray or VOD. Buy Apples.
Resurrection (2022): Read Giles Edwards’ review. Opening in limited release this week, this psychological thriller is getting a lot of buzz for the performances of Rebecca Hall and Tim Roth and for a “bonkers” third act. Now available on VOD for rental or purchase.
CANONICALLY WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:
This section will no longer be updated regularly. Instead, we direct you to our new “Repertory Cinemas Near You” page. We will continue to mention exceptional events in this space from time to time, however. Like the one below:
- Aug. 6, Tempe, AZ, The Old Man Movie (2019) at the Majestic (which has just been added to our repertory cinema page). The grossout Estonian stop-motion animation gets its US premiere (likely its only post-festival appearance on the big screen) in Tempe, AZ (a major hub of Estonian stop-motion fandom in the US). Blu-ray to follow next week. Check out what the critics are saying on the movie’s homepage!
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WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE:
Be sure to join us tomorrow night at 10:15 PM ET on Amazon Prime for Wim Wenders‘s Bono-scripted mystery The Million Dollar Hotel (2000). As always, the link to join will drop here, on Facebook, and on Twitter around 10 PM.
With Giles Edwards back from , you’d expect our recent slate of multiple posts per day to slow down, and they will. But we have a big backlog of reviews to get to, starting with Shane Wilson‘s appreciation of the absurd Sir Henry at Rawlinson End (1980), continuing as Alfred Eaker lives up to a commitment he made at the height of the pandemic by reviewing the classic The Omen (1976), and finalizing with Gregory J. Smalley taking on the perplexing underground feature Denkraum (a director’s commentary will be available in case you’re as confused as Greg was). Onward and weirdward!
What are you looking forward to? If you have any weird movie leads that we have overlooked, feel free to leave them in the COMMENTS section.